Customs Release Ceased Bullion Van with over ₦24m, 12 Bags of Foreign Rice

The Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun State Area II Command, on Friday, released a bullion van arrested at Olorunda area in April 2022 for its involvement in smuggling of foreign rice across the border communities of the state.

The Area Comptroller of the Ogun II Command, Bisi Alade, during a press briefing in his office in the state capital, said the bullion van which was conveying ₦24.489.500.00 cash belonging to a first-generation bank had 12 bags of foreign rice concealed in it.

According to him, three suspects have been arrested, detained and granted administrative bail and subsequently charged to court for aiding smuggling.

“We gather here today to release the bullion van with registration number FKJ993BZ in our custody. The vehicle belongs to Warehouse Limited and the money belongs to Access Banks PLC Abeokuta branch and both were detained by the officers and men of the joint border patrol team for being used to conceal some foreign parboiled rice of 50 kilogram each.

He added that based on investigation and recommendations, the CDC granted an approval for the release of the detained van and the money in line with the provision of section 24, 8, 1and 2 of the Nigerian Customs Service Act 2023.

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